MOORLANDERS MCC - Motorbike Club in North Cornwall

Welcome to the website of Moorlanders MCC - the family friendly motorcycle club in North Cornwall that holds the Easter Egg Run each year. Moorlanders MCC will be holding the 18th Egg Run on Easter Sunday this year. It's our annual motorcycle event that raises thousands of pounds for children’s charities in Cornwall.Join us on Davidstow Airfield around 10 am on the 27th March and we'll guide you on an enjoyable route, raising money and handing out Easter Eggs. Arrive with a full tank please.

DON'T FORGET TO PUT YOUR CLOCKS FORWARD ON THE SATURDAY NIGHT! There'll be hot food available from Big Al's Burger Bar, and portable toilets from Cornwall Conveniences. Many thanks to them for their support. Bikes of all types are welcome to take part, as our route is carefully planned and marshalled to be safe and enjoyable for everyone. Yup, there'll be awards and trophies for the best bikes at the end, and the usual burger at the end. Live music will be by Wilderland. £5 donations will be collected per bike for the charities Action for Children, Children’s Hospice South West and the special needs units of Camelford and Launceston primary schools. WITH THANKS : As with every year, Moorlanders Egg Run wouldn't be a success without the kind help and support of fellow bikers, local business and shops. Here's the start of the many thank yous...

Events coming up: Moorlanders Open Meeting - Saturday 16th April 2016 at the King's Head. See our calendar for what's on :) Our Open Club Meetings welcome bikers to meet us. They are on the 3rd Saturdays of the month, usually at the King's Head, Five Lanes, Altarnun. If you'd like to join our partner ma-residence-principale.com - please give us a shout first, in case we've a different start point or plans - beth@moorlandersmcc.co.uk We're a small, local, family, fun-oriented and charity minded motorcycle club. We've a wide range of ages and experience amongst our bikers, and we ride to the comfort level of all.


The summer's here, and the time is right ... for riding on them roads ;) Here's some of the motorcycle rideouts, rallies and events in Cornwall and Devon that we've been enjoying:

MOORLANDERS MCC - EGG RUN 2011

The Moorlanders MCC Egg Run goes from strength to strength. The 2011 event held, as usual, on Easter Sunday was the 13th Run organised and marked the 10th anniversary of the Moorlanders MCC Club .

The purpose of the event is to distribute Easter Eggs to people in care in the local community, and to raise much needed funds for children’s charities in Cornwall through contributions by each rider taking part.

In return for the entry charge and Easter Eggs donated, the participating riders received a souvenir key ring and enjoyed a marshalled tour of our local patch. The route is not made public before the event, but marshalled at every road junction or major course deviation. Riders were also given a meal voucher for a free bar-b-que at the end event, hosted by Bowden Derra care home.

Around 500 bikers made their way to Davidstow Airfield for a 10 am start, from where our route took us via Wadebridge, down to St Austell to the Par based Action for Children for a refreshment break and to give Easter Eggs to children in their care.

The Run restarted, heading via Minions to Bowden Derra Park, where more Easter Eggs were handed out.

As it was our 10th Anniversary as a Club, we organised a proper end event with Bowden Derra. There was ample parking for bikes, and visiting spectators, a large grass area for the trade stands and the band, Blue Slate.

We held a raffle on the day, and presented Awards for the Oldest Bike, Prettiest Bike, Best Club Turnout, Best Bike, Furthest Travelled and Best Rat Bike. Well done to the winners!

We'd like to say a big thank you to everyone taking part in the 2011 Egg Run. Thank you to hundreds of fellow bikers who rocked up early on Easter Sunday morning to a breezy airfield, and all graciously handed over £5, and many chocolate eggs.

Thank you to North Cornwall MCC and Widows Sons for coming along and assiting us in marshaling the route. Thank you to the many local businesses who made donations of raffle prizes and cash contributions to the pot, including Dairy Crest, Ginsters and Sharps Brewery for loaning us a lorry for the band's stage. Thank you to those of the local motorcycle industry for coming along with trade stands at the end event.

Thank you to Action for Children in Par for providing us with refreshments and a stop off point, and a massive thank you to Bowden Derra for hosting a brilliant end event and providing the bar-b-que meal.

This will be divided equally between Action for Children. Bowden Derra and the ARB special needs units of primary schools in Camelford and Launceston. We're out and about. taking the 350 chocolate eggs collected to local children's wards and hospices :)

a man with a motorbike

Moorlanders MCC Egg Run 2016

Hundreds of bikers faithfully joined in the Egg Run despite the wet and windy conditions on Easter Sunday this year. The charity motorcycle event, now in its 19th year is held by Moorlanders MCC in association with Widows Sons South West Chapter. They gathered on Davidstow Airfield Easter Sunday morning to donate £5 and chocolate eggs, before being lead on a circular route around North Cornwall.

Their journey took them through Boscastle, up to Bude for a stop at the Lock Gates Tea Room. It ended at Bowden Derra care home, Polyphant, for a bar-b-que, live music and prize giving celebration of a job well done. Here, they officially presented Bowden Derra with the wooden gazebo Moorlanders had built from the money raised at last year's Egg Run.

Over £3,000 was raised on the day, and with collections still to be made, Moorlanders MCC is pleased they'll be making worthwhile donations to local children's charities. These are Children's Hospice South West, Action for Children and the Special Needs units of Camelford primary and St Stephens CP school, Launceston.

Our complete set of photographs of the day are viewable on Facebook. Moorlanders' video of the 2016 Egg Run is on YouTube. Hot food was served on the airfield by Big Al's Burger Bar, and portable toilets were provided from Cornwall Conveniences. Many thanks to them for their support. More photographs of the Egg Run at the airfield are on Peter Glaser, freelance photographer's website.

Moorlanders Egg Run Can't be Beaten!

Despite the forecast, and the heavy rain, a stream of hundreds of motorcycles flowed through North Cornwall on the Moorlanders Egg Run this Easter Sunday. Over £4,000 was raised on the day for local children's charities by this, probably the original and biggest Cornish Egg Run, held by Moorlanders MCC in association with Widows Sons South West. The final amount is yet to be announced, as collection continues, with an anticipated grand total of £5,000 - a new Club record.

Also braving the weather, residents of Camelford lined their high street to cheer the bikers on their way after they left Davidstow Airfield on a 60 mile journey firstly to the north coast, then down to Wadebridge, on to Bodmin, through St Neot and ending at Bowden Derra care home.

There they were treated to warm and dry hospitality, enjoying a free burger for their valiant effort, and to officially open the specialised wheelchair swing that last year's Egg Run helped finance. "We'd like to thank our corporate sponsors and the businesses of Camelford, Wadebridge, Launceston and St Austell for donating raffle prizes," said Richard 'Magpie' Hallett, Vice Chairman, "and to the 500 bikers that turned out on the day." Awards and trophies were presented to the best of the bikes on the day, and to Spriggans MCC for Best Club Turnout. A Moorlander is for life, not just for Easter. We're now looking forward to joining other charity rides and motorcycling events all year round.

We were grateful to have been supported by Cornwall Conveniences, who provided portable toilets up on the Airfield on the day :) Cornwall Conveniences. Many thanks also to Hobby Mounts, GoPro specialists for their support for our Egg Run, kitting our lead bike out with cameras and mounts. Yup - we've done it! We've beaten all previous years, and collected over £5,000 by the 2014 Moorlanders MCC Egg Run. This is a great achievement by all involved, not only by the teamwork of our Club members, but with the able-bodied support of our friends in the Widows Sons South West. By involving us in their 24 hour Cold Water Challenge, we ensured that we exceeded our £5,000 target, as well as raising £150 for their chosen charity, Combat Stress. We'll be heading out with cheques for the charities supported by this year's Egg Run, so check back for photos dreckly. In the meantime, here's a compilation of screenshots of Moorlanders Cold Water Challenge:

MOORLANDERS MCC - EGG RUN 2012

Moorlanders MCC held our 14th Easter Egg Run this week, in association with Widows Sons Kernow, and we were amazed at the response from the local biking community. Despite inclement weather, over 500 bikers rolled onto Davidstow Airfield in the early hours of Easter Sunday.

The Egg Run raises money for local children’s charities – Action for Children, Little Harbour (CHSW), the ARB special needs units of Camelford and St Stephens, Launceston primary schools and Bowden Derra care home.

‘With all that’s going on in the economy, we never expected to get close to what we raised last year – yet we knew the charities would need it even more,’ said Richard Hallett, Vice Chairman of Moorlanders MCC, ‘but we’re looking set to reach £4,500 and beat it! It’s a true testament to the big hearted nature of bikers.’

The Egg Run took the motorbikes on a 100 mile, safely marshalled tour around north and south east Cornwall, calling at Action For Children, Par to deliver chocolate eggs donated by the bikers. A fun packed end event was hosted by Bowden Derra care home, with more money raised through a raffle and tombola. Local band, Stoned Zuchinni & the Adrenaline kindly provided musical entertainment at no charge – all helping to the amount raised. ‘Make sure you put 31st March 2013 in your diary,’ Richard Hallett added, ‘cause we’ll be back next Easter Sunday for an even better Egg Run! And if you want to be part of that, come along to one of our meetings at the King’s Head, Five Lanes, Altarnun.’ Our Photo Album for the Egg Run can be found on Facebook, and the Egg Run Video is on YouTube.

YER TIZ RALLY

Here's a write up about the Yer Tiz Rally by our Black Bearde, who's a MAG member and was involved in organising the rally, and coercing us Moorlanders into assisting with the Saturday run: The First Yer Tiz Rally & Run 30th Sep – 02nd Oct 2011. DAY 1

You sort of know it could be a good weekend when at 10:30 am on the first day you arrive the following two things occur:- 1 The sun is beaming down. 2 There are people on bikes arriving on site asking if they can buy tickets (and there were only 30 left). The weekend started with some anticipation from the MAG Devon team that put the event together. These ranged from the obvious “it’s going to rain” to the obscure “what have we forgot to do”. However, all involved worked so hard to make the deadline and thereafter worked dammed hard throughout the weekend making it so. My only real involvement in the whole thing was the run (which we will mention later). The rest of the MAG crew sorted everything you saw if you were there, and I have to say, I think we did a blinding job. Moorlanders MCC at Yer Tiz Rally

Friday saw many bikes rucking up throughout the day and as I had, left site at 13:00 to do other things upon my return at 17:00 it was a big smile on my face to see so many tents pitched up and people already chilling out in the autumn sunshine. It twaz a relaxed feeling where ever you went on site, the camping, the bar “in the rugger club” the stalls and well where ever people chose to sit stand and natter. Children were running and playing freely on the rugby fields, bikers doing what they do best drinking copious amounts of ale, catching up with long lost mates and laughing loudly. In addition, we were honoured to have Mr Ian Mutch attend and stay for the weekend in support from MAG Central (MAG President).

Friday night, the first band kick off at 21:00ish people were still turning up and the numbers were around 80+ people, by then the ale was flowing well and the food was passing over the counter at a rate of knots Mc Donald’s would be proud of. At some stage I thought 'where’s them other Moorlanders to?' Anyhow a quick call to Mr H and I found him his good lady, Cokes, JD and a few others sat by the tent having a chin wag. I had the pleasure of my 6yr old daughter for company and she was having a great time “so she tells me” colouring making new friends and meeting scary, hairy bikers, then I introduced her to some of the male bikers. I had to retire at 22:30 “beer stocks were low” so I was told, no that’s not the reason I retired; it was because my girl was tired, even so the band sounds and fun carried on till past midnight so I reckon day one was a winner.

DAY 2 - As my night rest wasn’t a rest due to reasons to the left of me and the right of me I arose at 06:00, the camp site was shrouded in a fine mist, dew on the grass and I thought ummm grab a shower in the fine rugger club facilities.

So that done it was await the breakie all cooked for you if you choose to by the lovely Zoe and her band of merry helpers, good fair prices and fair fodder. Cokes did a runner at some stage and took a nice ride up Country to entertain family with his skills, and he vowed to return later, which he did. The day went quickly and it was soon 10:00 all my willing helpers had/were getting themselves to the gate for the run (Big thanks to Rich, Sue, John, Rich & Carol) for helping and vest supply. The run started and the first half to Zukis went well a sunny amble covering about 18 miles, whilst we were there we were greeted by Mark who rucked up for breakie. JD why do you have that third wheel on your bike? - From what I saw its never on the ground J. So the pit stop done we started part two of the run oooops (better pre planning needed Blacke Beardie). What happened next was…..

A marshal on a Triumph who was directly in my mirror one minute was gone the next, ummmm I started wondering but ambled on thinking he will show in a minute, at that time we were traversing the lanes around Monkokehampton so I had to have one eye forwards as I was up front and traffic was about. Well I started to be concerned and should of stopped but I didn’t behind me now were no less than two side car outfits and some of the bikes, at the first junction I thought it will be alright then I sort of had a shock coming the other way was my tail end Charlie followed by a certain couple on a certain triumph, ohhh if you could have seen my fly catching look J. Well long and short everyone finally got back I went back to Tony who had broke down and what had happened was every marshal had stopped with him when he failed oooops note for next time, so all returned to site I waited with Tony and pillioned him back once the van arrived to collect his bike…. Tony and I got back around 14:00 and the site was full of locals attending the bike show, a lot of bikes strung out on the road up to the club house, sun still being hot, beer flowing everyone having fun….. In true British style we complained it was to hot and a good few all in black souls took shelter in the club house for a few hours.

Rolling forwards to that night I was on gate duty and can tell ya bikes were still rucking up with tents; (I do not have correct figures) for the event but best guestimates are in excess of 300 people through the gate. That is a mix of campers and day passes so a damn good turnout, spurred on no doubt by the previous weekends mega run… Cokes was back as promised “the star” got his box of tricks out and made a cracking balloon bike which was auctioned and made a tenner, there’s a photo on North or South Devon MAG face book site. Food beer band all as good as previous night I even ended up on kitchen duty a sorry sight seeing as I had been face painted. Anyway come the witching hour “sensible” people drifted of to their tents, a few old & young farts stayed by the fire and betwixed 01:00 – 07:30 Mark, Cokes, myself and a few others stayed up talking pure rot but avin a laugh, Cokes you fell asleep whoops, some orrible men stacked bits of wood on ya till you wobbled and awoke. Sunday a good full breakie served and people slowly departed for homes, I went around asking for feedback and got positive vibes all around the site, some very useful suggestions for next time. Some of us stayed behind and did the required, leaving the site spotless, dropping the tent cleaning etc blah blah, I left at 14:00 for a bloody tiring ride home, yarp I realise I need sleep at my age.

So, will we do it again? The de-brief needs to take place but I damn well hope so twaz a cracking weekend me thinks, and I will be asking for credits to be noted to the Moorlanders that helped out with the run, Rich & Carol for Marshalling/photos & Cokes for his entertainment. This event was a fund raising weekend for MAG, which fights for bikers who want to ride as free as they can, without support from bikers, MAG lobbyists won’t be able to fight our corner as they did for the demo on the 25th September. Tides up Im outta here ride safe all.

ABOUT US

The Moorlanders MCC is best known for its annual Egg Run, held each Easter Sunday and starting from Davidstow Airfield, near Camelford, North Cornwall. This is our main charity event of the year, and it attracts around 500 bikers to bring along Easter eggs and a donation for local special needs charities. Over the years, the Moorlanders Egg Run has raised around £30,000, with the 2015 event achieving an all time record of over £5,500.

The Egg Runs started in 1998, when the founder members gathered on Davidstow Airfield, collected chocolate eggs and rode to a local children's home. Subsequent Egg Runs attracted greater numbers, and collected donations for the children's charities.

The bond developed through meeting to organise the event, and the need for an organised body to gain public liability insurance lead to Moorlanders MCC being formed in 2001. The Club has been through highs and lows in member numbers. We currently have a small but active group, and are seeking new members with fresh ideas and enthusiasm to build the Club.

We meet on the 3rd Saturday of each month, around 7 pm at the Kings Head, Altarnun, just off the A30. Other weekends we meet for social get-togethers, but mainly we like to make the most of our beautiful area, and we organise ride-outs and attend local events. Please contact us before coming along to find out what we're up to. You can see what we're planning for the year by looking at our Events Calendar. We keep active during the winter months, still meeting at least twice a month for socials. We have an annual Bowling competition, dodgems night and, of course, planning meetings for the Egg Run, oops, not forgetting the Christmas party too!

CONTACT US

We meet at The Kings Head, Five Lanes on the third Saturdays of the month at 7 pm.

For general enquiries or if you'd like to pop along to one of our meetings please make contact before, in case we're at an event rather than the Kings Head, or to find out more about membership of Moorlanders MCC, contact Beth, our Club Secretary on 01208 816554 or email - beth@moorlandersmcc.co.uk

Our Chairman, Alan Howells, can be contacted at chairman@moorlandersmcc.co.uk

The 20th Anniversary Moorlanders MCC Egg Run will be on Easter Sunday, 16th April 2017

Started in 1998, the purpose of the event is to distribute Easter Eggs to people in special needs care in the local community, and to raise much needed funds for children’s charities in Cornwall through contributions by each rider taking part.

In return for the entry charge and Easter Eggs donated, the participating riders received a souvenir key ring and enjoyed a marshalled tour of our local patch. The route is not made public before the event, but marshalled at every road junction or major course deviation. Riders are also given a meal voucher, which they exchange for a free burger at the end event, kindly hosted by Bowden Derra care home, Polyphant for the last four years.

We hold a raffle on the day, and present Awards with trophies in a range of categories. We also raise money by a second raffle draw and by corporate sponsorship. We are extremely grateful to the local businesses and motorcycle traders for kindly donating prizes, and to the continued generosity of our corporate sponsors.